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Just got back from dropping Smoke and Pepper off to get neutered this morning. It's so strange without them here. That leaves Marmalade, Twiggy, Delilah, and Tico that still need to be done. Marmalade will get done next month. Tico, being so old, not in the best shape physically and mostly blind, I am wondering if I should put him through it. And I finally found someone that is willing to try to do Twiggy, but it worries me because of her injuries. I need to get Delilah looked at, but I think she should be able to get spayed, but I want to give her a few more months of healing first. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. lol Eventually they will all be taken care of, one way or another.
 

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Bless you for taking such good care of these sweet souls! You have your hands full, that's for sure.
 

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If I were you, I would just let Tico be. As long as you get all the girls done, it shouldn't be an issue I wouldn't think?

Hope Smoke & Pepper do well and recover quickly.
 

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Yeah, Kristi, I've been leaning toward not getting Tico done. I think the stress will be too much for the old guy. It worries me about Twiggy, I had two vets tell me they didn't think she could be done, then this guy says, sure, he can do it. What does he see that makes him so confident that he can spay her? lol I just don't want her hurt worse by having to be manipulated during the spay and end up in pain or more lame. Her bad leg is contracted inward and crosses over her stomach so it's over the surgery site. Right now she is in heat and miserable because she has to be in a crate, but I can live with that if it means she will not be hurt.
 

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Thinking of your little ones! Hope all goes well. :)
 

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Yeah, Kristi, I've been leaning toward not getting Tico done. I think the stress will be too much for the old guy. It worries me about Twiggy, I had two vets tell me they didn't think she could be done, then this guy says, sure, he can do it. What does he see that makes him so confident that he can spay her? lol I just don't want her hurt worse by having to be manipulated during the spay and end up in pain or more lame. Her bad leg is contracted inward and crosses over her stomach so it's over the surgery site. Right now she is in heat and miserable because she has to be in a crate, but I can live with that if it means she will not be hurt.

Well if you are worried, listen to your heart. But I have to say, ask your vet to do a full old age blood test / pre op blood test first and the blood test will show everything. During the procedure, if the animal (cat or dog) is old, they usually hook the IV fluid drip to play safe. I have a lot of cats and dogs and they are old too, they need to have dental or other operation which cannot be avoid due to the health problems and my vet hooked the IV fluid drip to support the whole operation and also she would do the op as quick as possible. (My vet is also specialised in operating small animals, she spent 3 years studied doing the operation of all kind.) So talk to your vet again if you are worrying. Your vet obviously have the confident and he probably would tell you the reasons too.

Regarding recovering, it probably takes a bit longer for the older one to recover, but we all give our best to our furries, lots of TLC, so I am sure even the old one can bounce back faster.
 

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Well if you are worried, listen to your heart. But I have to say, ask your vet to do a full old age blood test / pre op blood test first and the blood test will show everything. During the procedure, if the animal (cat or dog) is old, they usually hook the IV fluid drip to play safe. I have a lot of cats and dogs and they are old too, they need to have dental or other operation which cannot be avoid due to the health problems and my vet hooked the IV fluid drip to support the whole operation and also she would do the op as quick as possible. (My vet is also specialised in operating small animals, she spent 3 years studied doing the operation of all kind.) So talk to your vet again if you are worrying. Your vet obviously have the confident and he probably would tell you the reasons too.

Regarding recovering, it probably takes a bit longer for the older one to recover, but we all give our best to our furries, lots of TLC, so I am sure even the old one can bounce back faster.
Thank you for your reassuring words. I will keep that in mind when I finally make my decision for Tico. I never have talked to them yet about getting him fixed, but I will talk to them and see what they have to say.
 

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Picked them up today, they are doing good so far. Smoke and Pepper are in the pen. I had to put two small beds in there as Smoke didn't want to share. When they first got home, Pepper had to pee for like a half hour. I wonder if he held it the whole time, poor thing. Their incisions look really good and so far neither are licking them. Being in the pen right next to me I can monitor them better. I am so happy to have my two baby boys home again.
 
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